Survey reveals companies are not walking the smart talk
Despite soaring adoption rates of smartphones and tablets across Asia Pacific, mobile applications remain a largely untapped opportunity within the travel industry, according to a regional study released by Abacus International. The 2013 Abacus Corporate Travel Practices Survey collated the views of the most influential corporate travel companies and corporate travel agencies in Asia Pacific to uncover trends that are expected to impact their businesses over the next two to three years. Revealing a clear disconnect between the perceived importance and actual provision of smartphone and tablet applications in the industry, 83% of respondents felt mobile technology would have a moderate to significant impact on their business, but only a third (33%) of those surveyed had implemented any mobile web or native applications as yet. Additionally, of those available only four in 10 enable flight and hotel bookings via mobile and only one in ten provide the ability to make changes to existing arrangements. Just one in seven had created a specific app for tablet users. Source: TravelMole.
AHA Chief Recognised for Distinguished Service
CEO of the Australian Hotels Association WA, Mr Bradley Woods has been recognised for twenty years of leadership and distinguished service to the Australian hotel and hospitality industry, by the national Australian Hotels Association at an awards ceremony in Canberra last night. The honour, presented by Mr Peter Hurley, National President of the AHA, to an audience of over 500 people included Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann. The new Federal Cabinet Ministers acknowledged Mr Woods' distinguished leadership and long-standing commitment to advocating and advancing the interests of the industry. Mr Woods commenced his association with the AHA in 1993 as the National Public Affairs Manager, Australian Hotels Association in Canberra. In 1994, Mr Woods became the youngest state CEO of the AHA in Australia as chief of the AHA Tasmania. A position he held for 4 years. In 1998, Mr Woods' was appointed CEO of the AHA WA, where he has served for the past 15 years. Over the past twenty years Mr Woods has worked on many critical industry issues. Press release.
Fans plan trip to World Cup ahead of qualification
British football fans are already planning their trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup even though all of the UK teams have yet to qualify for the championships, according to hotel comparison website Trivago. It said Brits accounted for almost 30% of all hotel searches made during June, July and August for any Brazilian city from mid-June to mid-July next year when the World Cup will be staged at 12 venues across the country. The next highest searches came from Germany, which accounted for 21.9% and the USA with 14.2%. Trivago said hotel prices are likely to soar during the World Cup period. Source: TravelMole.